This OpEd in the Milwaukee Journal-
Star Sentinel was too bizarre to pass up. Written by freelance writer Jenny Rae Armstrong: Think pot’s harmless? Think again
It starts out as one of the standard pieces about how many people think pot is harmless, but they’re ignoring all the people dying in Mexico because of pot (really because of prohibition). The problem with all these OpEds is that they then propose that people simply stop buying pot and solve the problem (which, of course, won’t work, while legalization will).
Armstrong takes it to new heights of absurdity:
So what to do? Create tougher drug laws to crack down on marijuana suppliers, dealers and the 40% of Americans who have in fact inhaled? Legalize marijuana in the hopes of turning drug cartels into respectable, tax-paying entities? Press for domestic production of pot, so our struggling farmers can rake in some green? After all, there’s big money to be made in marijuana. Enough money to warrant widespread kidnappings, torture and murder.
Or, we the people could employ the time-honored techniques we Wisconsinites have traditionally used to combat exploitative business practices. We could band together, make a lot of noise and bring the issues to light. We could protest the greed, corruption and violence being committed in the name of commerce. We could take personal responsibility, make sacrifices, vote with our pocketbooks and drive the drug cartels out of business.
We could be a good neighbor and just say no.
Make a lot of noise, protest, and vote with our pocketbooks? What does that mean?